Whilst the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the extension of Article 50 until 31st October 2019 can make workforce planning difficult, employers should use this time judiciously. Organisations cannot only undertake contingency planning, but begin discussing EU Settlement applications with employees who are EU Nationals. By doing so, this will give your business and your employees the best chance at successfully navigating through Brexit and beyond.
Whilst there is still time, if you haven’t already done so, it may be a beneficial to hold meetings with employees to discuss any concerns they have and what their current status is.
If they have not yet applied, it would be useful to know when they moved to the UK because this will have an impact not only on when they should apply, but also whether or not they will receive “settled status” or “pre-settled status”.
For “settled status”, the individual should have been living in the UK for 5 years at the point of applying. If they haven’t been in the UK for 5 years they will receive “pre-settled status” which currently grants them 5 further years to remain in the UK before applying for settled status (please note that this may be subject to change).
With both “pre-settled” and “settled” status you will receive the following entitlements:
The ability to work in the UK
To use the NHS
To enrol in education or continue studying
Have access to public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them
Be able to travel in and out of the UK
The deadline for applying is the 30th June 2021 or the 31st December 2020, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Except in a few cases, you will need to apply if:
You’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
You’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen but your family member is
*(Please note that the EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)
This means you need to apply even if you:
Were born in the UK but are not a British citizen – you can check if you’re a British citizen if you’re not sure
Have a UK ‘permanent residence document’
Are a family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who does not need to apply – including if they’re from Ireland
Are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen with a British citizen family member
The link to apply and for more information is:
The Gov.uk link also provides an easy step-by-step guide and outlines how you will receive confirmation once you have applied: